Saturday, 6 July 2013

Personal Responsibility and Love. Illness and Cure.

Many are the causes of illness as we know. We must learn to understand where we are also personally responsible for our own health and body. At the same time as learning to become responsible we do have to also learn to have compassion and love for ourselves and others.

Responsibility as I am sure you have often heard people say is really response-ability. An ability to respond. In my experience, lack-of self love ranging from carelessness with oneself all the way to self-loathing and passive self-destruction accompanies nearly every single preventable illness. Many illnesses are indeed preventable except that unfortunately they still happen. Why?  Why, with all our knowledge of nutrition, care of the body, the benefits of exercise, lifestyle choices, access to so much professional attention and medicine (in the developed world) ...why are we still so afflicted with illness? 

Today, there is much talk of how to prevent obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Everyone knows that with a wise and excellent diet, frequent exercise and fresh air and a dose of personal happiness, certain diseases are unlikely to develop at all. 

But why when a person knows the right thing to do, why is it, that this seems the most difficult and impossible thing to achieve? Why is it too much of an ask? It is so frustrating for medical people, carers, health professionals to perceive certain risks to people arising from their behaviour and the path they are on. It is so awful to watch and wait for the inevitable result. Watching a person continually putting on more and more weight, developing diabetes, continuing to put on weight, developing uncontrolled diabetes, developing heart disease, becoming ever more restricted in life, ever more ill. Watching a person who started off with a desire for healthy-eating and a fitness regime, become ever more thin, become addicted to exercise, obsessed with image, vulnerable to abuses such as steroids, drugs, appetite suppressants or excessive protein supplements, watch their body go into premature decay from over-use and over strain.

Relatives and loved ones stand by and watch addictions take root and continue in a person. Husbands watch their wives. Wives stand by helplessly and watch their husbands grow more stressed and strained and at risk of heart attack. I could choose endless examples. In the mental health arena, the destructive patterns are deep and intense and terribly destructive. 

It is in my view, pointless to judge a person who struggles to take full responsibility for themselves. Judgement and harshness, dictates, reproaches, admonishing just makes a person who is already struggling with truly loving themselves and the body they have been given, feel worse. The only way to help a person is to help them achieve a meaningful understanding of who they are, and how they have come to this point. Why are they struggling with this particular issue? What blessings and opportunities has it brought? What is this door that is opening to learning something new about life and experience? Is it possible to turn around? is it possible to finally understand deeper answers? 

The cure for illness often simply lies in change and evolution, spiritual progress and realisation, personal recognition and the following actions and choices decided upon as a result. Taking care of oneself and the deep needs a human being has for comfort, security and love. Loving oneself enough to care about what one does to oneself. A person who feels worthy and loved rarely hurts themselves and does less harm to their fellow human beings as well, as opposed to a person who is drowning in a sea of worthlessness and pain. 

Illness is always a sign of deeper disturbances within.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Why Homeopathy treats the Person and not the disease

You may have heard this expression bandied about quite a bit by homeopaths! But do we homeopaths or our existing and potential clients even really understand what this actually means? We are so used to thinking of disease as an entity separate to us - external bacteria, or a virus or something that has caused disturbance to our bodies. We think that disease has a presence within our bodies that can be easily identified  by symptoms and once we identify these then we can oppose them to eliminate or eradicate them. Because we tend to think short-term and in the here and now, once a symptom disappears, we assume the disease is gone.

With orthodox medicine there tends to be one guiding principle governing the treatment of illness: get rid of the symptom and you will also get rid of the illness. Although recently in the last hundred years  due to the progress of science we are very interested in the cause of illness believing that once we know the cause we can find the cure. So  many treatments now are entirely dependent upon the diagnosis. Without a proper diagnosis, many diseases become impossible to treat. There is merit evidently in this approach, but here are some pointers to the extra subtleties of how homeopaths think:
  • Symptoms are physiological responses to disease, not the disease itself. Assuming disease has gone once a symptom has gone, is wrong which can either aggravate the illness temporarily causing greater risk to the body or cause a cascade of changes to take place gradually over time inside the body, thus weakening the immune system. 
  • Symptoms are usually a healthy defence against illness, and once you oppose these defences, you cause harm to the person. This is the equivalent of stripping someone of their armour and weaponry and yet leaving them standing in the middle of a battlefield. 
  • Symptoms change and shift with time and the progress or the abatement of illness. They must be seen in context with each other and an overall pattern. To eradicate some symptoms without actually curing the illness, is downright dangerous.Symptoms are sign-posts, take them down and we get lost. 
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